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Seeking Nominations for the IEEE Region 5 Director Elect 2016-17

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The IEEE Region 5 Executive Committee is seeking nominations for Region 5 Director-Elect for 2016-17. For this election cycle the member must come from the Region 5 South Area (Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Galveston Bay, or Houston Sections). Candidates selected would appear on the IEEE Ballot in the Fall of 2015. The individual elected by all voting members in Region 5 would serve as follows:

  • Region 5 Director Elect and R5 Executive Committee Member 2016-17

  • Region 5 Director and IEEE Board Member in 2018-19

  • Region 5 Past Director and R5 Executive Committee member 2020-21

Candidates must be a senior member or higher, come from the South Area, and submit the nomination form (link provided below). Anyone can nominate including self nomination. To receive consideration, the completed nomination form must be submitted to the Region 5 Past-Director at jjefferies@ieee.org . Questions can also be directed to the Past Director. Links to the official nomination form and the complete call for nominations is provided below.

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2014.

Director nomination form

Director nomination request

IEEE Social Media Policy

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Did you know that IEEE has a policy on Social Media?  Yes they do and it is posted at http://www.ieee.org/about/social_media/social_media_form.html along with a list of registered sites.  IEEE’s goals for social media include empowering the entire community in fulfilling IEEE’s mission and objectives by:

  • engaging volunteers and encourage collaboration in support of “one IEEE”;
  • enabling building of communities of interest (technical, professional, geographic) to meet member and industry needs and benefit the public;
  • creating venues where people can exchange and share technical and scientific discoveries and opinions.

Social Media sites like facebook and twitter are a new way to engage members and solicit feedback.  They are interactive, unlike more traditional websites. @ieeer5 has been ‘tweeting’ for about six months now with tweets and retweets posted on this website.  We tweet short news items that may be of interest to IEEE members in Region 5.  If your entity (section, society chapter, student branch, or ??) has a social media site (blog, facebook page, LinkedIn page, or twitter account) you should register it with IEEE at the URL above.  That will make your site ‘official’ and make it easier for others to find you.  You will also be invited to join an elite group of social media administrators on facebook. If your entity hasn’t been using social media, check out some of the IEEE registered sites to see what others are doing and consider joining us on the ‘bleeding edge’!

IEEE Region 5 Award Nominations due 14 Feb 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

IEEE Region 5 is accepting nominations for Outstanding Large Section, Small Section, Member, Educator, Large Student Branch, Small Student Branch, Student, Branch Counselor, Large Company, Small Company, GOLD Member, and Individual Achievement. A short description of each and nomination forms, as well as the Call for Nominations, and the awards manual can be obtained from the Region 5 Online Community. Note that you will need a login and password to access the Online Community but the individual documents are not password protected. Deadline for nominations is February 14, 2014. Please send nominations to the Region 5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, Steve E. Watkins, steve.e.watkins@ieee.org, with the following subject: “IEEE R5 Award Nomination # [Award Type]”.

Please address any question to the R5 Awards & Recognition Committee Chair:

Steve E. Watkins
573-341-6321
steve.e.watkins@ieee.org

2014 IEEE Fellows Announced

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Congratulations are in order for the 21 members of Region 5 who were recently elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow.  The complete list of 2014 Fellows with the full citation is available at http://www.ieee.org/2014Fellowclass.  The new fellows in Region 5 by Section are:

Central Texas Section: Andrea Alu, Chandrajit Bajaj, Inderjit Dhillon, Zhigang (David) Pan, Sanjay Shakkottai,

Dallas Section: Poras Balsara, Anand Dabak, Anthony Soong

Denver Section: Steven Cundiff, Michael King, Benjamin Kroposki

Fort Worth Section: Robert Magnusson

High Plains Section: Samuel Naffziger

Houston Section: Carl Benner, Shuguang Cui, Zhu Han, Ashutosh Sabharwal

Kansas City Section: Kim Fowler

Oklahoma City Section: Rui Yang

Rolla Subsection: Cheryl Schrader

St. Louis Section: Babu Chalamala

Robotics Competition Rules for 2014

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The new rules are up and requesting comments at http://goo.gl/3Jf3hx This is a google docs site and is being used this year for soliciting comments regarding the 2014 robotics competition. Watch your email for other news about the competition and the Region 5 Annual Meeting to be held Apr 5, 2014 in Corpus Christi Texas at the Omni Bayview Hotel.

Region 5 Members Receive 2014 IEEE Technical Field Awards

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Dr. Sanjay Benerjee, a Fellow of IEEE and the Cockrell Regents Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director, Microelectronics Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, has been named the recipient of the 2014  IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award for contributions to column-IV MOSFETs and related materials processing.  He is a member of the Central Texas Section and will receive this most prestigious IEEE-level award in a formal presentation at a 2014 IEEE venue to be determined.

Dr. Thomas E. Linnebrink, a Fellow of IEEE and Manager, Teqovations, LLC in Colorado Springs, has been named the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement for pioneering charge-mode analog-to-digital converters and for developing IEEE-standard converter terminology and test methods. He is a member of the Pikes Peak Section and will receive this most prestigious IEEE-level award in a formal presentation at a 2014 IEEE venue to be determined.

Dr. Hamid A. Toliyat, a Fellow of IEEE and Professor and Director of Electric Power & Electronics Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, has been named the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award for his contributions to the design, analysis, and control of fault-tolerant multiphase electric machines. He is a member of the Houston Section and will receive this most prestigious IEEE-level award in a formal presentation at a 2014 IEEE venue to be determined.

Dr. Lihong Wang, a Fellow of IEEE and the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award for his pioneering photoacoustic tomography. He is a member of the St. Louis Section and will receive this most prestigious IEEE-level award in a formal presentation at a 2014 IEEE venue to be determined.

If you think you know someone in Region 5 who may be eligible for an IEEE Technical Field Award, please visit www.ieee.org/awards for more information on eligibility and general award criteria. The nomination deadline for the 2015 IEEE Technical Field Awards is 31 January 2014.

An IEEE Day note from the Director

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

 

Region 5 members,

I wanted to remind all of you that the 3rd Annual IEEE day is coming up on October 2nd and will be celebrated internationally.  This is an opportunity for special events that celebrate the contributions of members and the organization and is a great time to recognize the value of IEEE to society and our mission of advancing technology for humanity.  It would also be good to advertise any events outside of IEEE and include the local community.  More information, event ideas, and photos from the previous IEEE days are be seen at ieeeday.org.

I also wanted to take a moment to provide thoughts for the many members in Region 5 recently impacted by hurricane Isaac.  Members will continue to be impacted in the recovery process and it would be appropriate to take a moment at your upcoming meetings to pause and reflect your support and the best for all those impacted.

Also of note, the IEEE Annual Election will be closing in a few weeks (October 1st) and your vote is important so if you have not already done so, please review the candidates and vote as well as encourage election participation across the Region.

Jim Jefferies
Region 5 Director

MTT-S Chapter Chairs meeting

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
R5 MTT-S Chapter Chairs

MTT-S Chapter Chairs from Region 5 at IMS2012

The IMS2012 (International Microwave Symposium) MTT-S Chapter Chair Meeting was held Monday, June 18th 2012 between 8:00PM and 10:00PM at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.  Dr. Qi Zhang – Hittite, Dallas Section, Dr. Charles P. Baylis – Baylor University, Dr. David Jackson – University of Houston, and Dr. Aydin Babakhani – Rice University attended from Region 5.  IEEE President Elect Dr. Peter W. Staecker, MTT-S President Dr. Nicholas Kolias, MTT-S President Elect Professor Madhu Gupta, MTT-S MGA Committee Vice Chair James Weiler, and Past MTT-S President Dr. Richard Snyder were also present.

The meeting focused on the answers to the following questions Chapter Chairs often face:

  • How do I fill out the L-31 Form every year?
  • How do I use the SAMIEEE tool for extracting chapter statistics – to benefit my chapter?
  • How do I get a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (DML) to speak at our chapter meeting?
  • Why are some paperwork / requirements for IEEE so complicated – are these all necessary?
  • What are the hands-on tricks to hold successful chapter meetings with less or even minimum effort?
  • How do I find things I need quickly and an easy way on the MTT-S and IEEE web-sites?
  • How do I retain / recruit volunteers for my chapter successfully?
  • What are the tools and additional benefits being part of the MTT-S as a member and as a chapter?
  • We are a joint AP/MTT/ED/EMC/… chapter, how can we leverage MTT-S support for all our members?
  • What are the less known “free stuff” and support material I have available to make my members happy?
  • How can I groom a good successor, so I can eventually retire from this volunteer position?

MTT-S Chapter Officer Handbook has been updated and is located at   http://mtt.org/chapter-officers-handbook.html. IEEE used this as a “boilerplate” for the IEEE Chapter Officer Handbook which has not been updated since 2005.  IEEE Chapter Officers in Region 5 will find much updated valuable information in the newly revised MTT-S handbook to assist them with their IEEE business.

Photo courtesy of LylePhotos.com, Atlanta.

IEEE Fourth Annual Green Technologies Conference

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The IEEE Fourth Annual Green Technologies Conference will be held April 19-22, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Abstract and paper submissions will be accepted beginning September 15, 2011 with a deadline for submission of November 15, 2011. Check the Green Technologies Conference website (www.ieeegreentech.org) for the latest information.  Early registration extended to April 1, 2012 (no fooling! See http://www.r5conferences.org/)

Call for Region 5 Award Nominations

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

IEEE Region 5 is accepting nominations for Outstanding Large Section, Small Section, Member, Educator, Large Student Branch, Small Student Branch, Student, Branch Counselor, Large Company, Small Company, GOLD Member, and Individual Achievement. A short description of each and nomination forms, as well as the Call for Nominations, and the awards manual can be obtained from the Region 5 Online Community. Note that you will need a login and password to access the Online Community but the individual documents are not password protected. Deadline for nominations is 23 February 2012. Send nominations to the Region 5 Awards Committee Chair, Mehrube “Ruby” Mehrubeoglu, ruby.mehrubeoglu@ieee.org.